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Should you tell your patients they have Alzheimer’s disease?

Submitted by Stephanie Arroyo on 08:09

 A number of studies have shown that most doctors and healthcare providers agree on the benefits of telling their patients that they have Alzheimer’s disease (AD). But that is a hardly a generalization. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures, only 45% of Alzheimer’s patients report being told about their diagnosis – as compared to 90% of people with the four most common cancers who are told. As it turns out, November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and what better way to go about it than for doctors to make people who have this condition actually aware that they have it?

Early symptoms of ataxia

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 12:15

The early symptoms of ataxia can appear between the ages of 5 and 15 – for example in the case of Friedrich’s ataxia. The implication is that the symptoms of this condition vary depending on the type. However, they are characterized by a loss of muscle control while walking, picking up objects, buttoning a shirt, writing, and other voluntary movements; gait and posture abnormalities; fine motor in-coordination; and increased fatigue.

Breast Cancer Treatment: Are you Overtreating Breast Cancer?

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 13:05

When it comes to breast cancer treatment less could be more, but when to pull back and when to turn it up to 11? As a doctor, you may be torn between your instinct and your patient’s expectations. The fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – during which your practice may receive an influx of women requesting screening tests – and many women opting to pull a Saint Agatha of Sicily and have both breasts removed at the first sign of cancer – following the example of certain celebrities – may put you at a crossroads when treating breast cancer.

Early symptoms of ovarian cancer

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 09:37

The early symptoms of ovarian cancer are something women should always watch out for, and especially on Gynecologic Cancer Awareness month. This can be difficult, though. The early stages of ovarian cancer may be devoid of any symptoms – and when there are symptoms, they may be mistaken for those of constipation or irritable bowel. Hence women must, on the one hand know their bodies well and what is normal for them and, on the other pay close attention to any abnormal occurrences. The earlier cancer is found the earlier it can be treated and the better the prognosis will be. Approximately 20% of ovarian cancers are detected at an early stage, and when found at a localized stage about 94% of patients live longer than 5 years after being diagnosed.

Early symptoms of gynecologic cancers

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 16:57

Continuing with our effort, as a an online medical store to inform you about different conditions, we bring to you the symptoms of Gynecologic Cancers.  The worst of the early symptoms of gynecologic cancers is not knowing what gynecologic cancers are. That is the reason that the Foundation for Women’s Cancer brings us the Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month during September. Now, one may argue that grouping several different forms of cancer under a single umbrella term does little to differentiate one from the others. However, this can actually serve the purpose of enlightening people as to the fact that there are more than one types of cancer that can affect the female reproductive organs. And while the symptoms do vary, they also overlap sometimes – making it a necessity to establish not only that a woman has a form of gynecologic cancer, but also which type exactly it is, in order to establish as well a proper course of treatment.

The physical therapist’s guide to practice

Submitted by Stephanie Arroyo on 11:53

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has made its Guide to Physical Therapist Practice available online free to physical therapist and physical therapist assistant educators, students, and clinicians who are members of APTA. The Guide has been previously available in book and CD form, but the current online subscription format – aptly known as Guide 3.0 – include a few improvements and additions, as exemplified below:

Early symptoms of suicidal behavior

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 17:06

suicidalAs the name of the upcoming National Suicide Prevention Week promises, suicide is perfectly preventable – especially if one pays attention to the early symptoms of suicidal behavior, both in oneself and in one’s loved ones. The signs that a person may be thinking about ending their own lives may be perceived in how that person talks, acts, and their overall mood.

Early symptoms of ADHD

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 16:09

adhdThe early symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) may appear when a child is 2-3 years old. The main signs of this neurodevelopmental childhood disorder are inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior.

Early symptoms of C. difficile

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 17:47

The early symptoms of C. difficile – a bacterial infection also known as C. diff. or by its full name, Clostridium difficile – are mainly diarrhea and other, more serious intestinal disorders like colitis. The symptoms also vary depending on the severity of the infection.

Early symptoms of heart failure

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 11:18

heart failureThe early symptoms of heart failure usually start out as fatigue and shortness of breath after being physically active, for instance after climbing stairs. The condition can however progress to the point that this shortness of breath is experienced even when the patient is lying down flat on their backs.